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Defence

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the formal (a) meetings and (b) correspondence which (i) he, (ii) other Ministers in his Department and (iii) officials in his Department have had in an official capacity with representatives from the defence industry since 1 December 2006; when each meeting took place; who attended each meeting; what the subject was of each meeting; and if he will make a statement. (129394)

Defence Ministers have held the following meetings with defence manufacturers between 1 December 2006 and 31 March 2007.

Secretary of State

18 January—Met with representatives of Vosper Thornycroft and Fleet Support Ltd. during a visit to HM Naval Base, Portsmouth.

Minister for Defence Procurement (Minister for Defence Equipment and Support from 6 March 2007)

10 January—Attendance at a BAE Systems Leadership Meeting.

15 January—Meeting with representatives from BAe to discuss UK/FR high level working group.

16 January—Meeting of the National Defence Industry Council.

17 January—Meeting with representatives from General Dynamic UK to discuss the FRES project.

18 January—Meeting with representatives from British Nuclear Group to discuss decommissioning of redundant nuclear submarines.

18 January—Meeting with a representative from Ventures Business Research to discuss possible areas co-operation.

24 January—Meeting with a representative from Babcock to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

24 January—Meeting with representatives from Currie and Brown to discuss management IT software opportunities.

25 January—Meeting with representatives from Carlyle Group to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

29 January—Meeting with representatives from Agusta Westland to discuss helicopters.

30 January—Meeting with representatives from Raytheon to discuss a range of equipment issues.

1 February—Meeting with representatives from the Carlyle Group to discuss QinetiQ.

22 February—Meeting with representatives from Eurocopter to discuss helicopters.

22 February—Meeting with representatives from VT Group to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

28 February—Meeting with representatives form BAE Systems to discuss munitions.

1 March—Meeting with a representative from Babcock to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

5 March—Meeting with a representative from the Carlyle Group to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

6 March—Meeting with Deloitte to discuss the Defence Industry Strategy.

12 March—Meeting with a representative from BAE Systems to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

12 March—Meeting with a representative from MBDA to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

12 March—Meeting with a representative from VT Group to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

19 March—Meeting with a representative from BAE Systems to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

19 March—Meeting with a representative from the Carlyle Group to discuss the Maritime Industrial Strategy.

26 March—Meeting with a representative from General Dynamics UK to discuss various equipment programmes.

27 March—Meeting of the National Defence Industry Council.

27 March—Meeting with a representative from the MBDA to discuss the Defence Manufacturers Association.

29 March—Introductory meeting with a representative from Nexter with discussions including FRES and munitions.

29 March—Meeting with a representative from Finmeccanica to discuss a variety of equipment issues including helicopters.

Under Secretary of State for Defence

1 March—Meeting with a representative from Marshalls Aerospace to discuss the relocation of the company to Cambridge airport.

6 March—Meeting with a representative from EDS Ltd. to discuss the introduction of a new Veterans card.

Each of the Defence Ministers may also have met with defence manufacturers on other less formal occasions during the period, including whilst visiting company premises or at party political events.

Details of every meeting between officials and representatives from defence manufacturers is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However there will have been numerous regular and ad hoc meetings since 1 December 2006.